Review: Icey (Nintendo Switch)

ICEY is a 2D side-scrolling action game. As you follow the narrator’s omnipresent voice, you will see through ICEY’s eyes and learn the truth about her world.


  • Anime graphics.
  • 1.6GB Download size.
  • Has its own built-in trophy system.
  • Voice over language- English, Chinese (Mandarin) and Japanese.
  • 2D scrolling beat em up gameplay.
  • Difficulty- The game will ask a series of short questions and then suggest a difficulty for you.
  • Trophies will pop up as you earn them.
  • Starting tutorial.
  • Execute- Button prompt (A) doing this will reward you with a cool animation but also shields and HP.
  • Combo counter- As the number grows, Your power increases.
  • Cash- Earn from killing enemies and spend your cash at upgrade interfaces, You can see a short video on what each item is and is things like new moves, Combos or the usual increase health/shields.
  • You play screen by screen meaning you go off screen to advance.
  • Epic boss battles.
  • Infinite combo possibilities thanks to the extensive unlocks and upgrades options.
  • The whole interface for the game is done like a computer. You can use this to replay previous levels or quit out of the game and more(no spoilers)
  • Computer overlord that can take over your game and sometimes this can be a good thing but also can be a bad thing.
  • Find upgrades hidden in the game.
  • Fast combat that feels like a Platinum game.
  • The story is narrated to you as you play.
  • The game has a lot of verticality to it.
  • Map system.
  • Really good techno style soundtrack.
  • A lot of fun to play.
  • Easy to grasp the concept.
  • Looks gorgeous on the small screen.
  • A lot of replayability.


  • No enemy health bars.
  • Takes a bit of getting used to the combat.
  • Cannot rebind controls.
  • No touchscreen.
  • Few obtuse sections.
  • No hitstun.
  • Enemies can juggle you far too easily and this is frustrating.
  • UI is not the best.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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